Jazzin, 21 years old, grew up in an abusive home in east San Jose with parents who were gang members and drug dealers. When she was five years old, her grandmother took her from her home and left her at a children’s shelter. It was the beginning of a life bouncing between group homes and foster homes, thirteen in total by the time she was seventeen.
This traumatic upbringing and difficult life took its toll, and Jazzin eventually became homeless as a young adult. She was addicted to drugs, suffering from chronic depression, and suicidal. Living in encampments and tents in San Jose, she had nearly lost all hope when an outreach group offered her temporary shelter. From there, she stayed in a local emergency shelter, and was referred to LifeMoves | New Haven Inn, a new shelter in San Jose dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for single adults.
At first, Jazzin didn’t believe such a place could exist. She thought, “I’ve been around; this is not my first rodeo.” But she soon realized the offer of help was very real and became the first client of LifeMoves newest shelter in December.
One of the first things Jazzin and her case manager worked on were college and financial aid applications. In January, Jazzin began classes at San Jose City College with the goal of earning a business degree. Her interests include starting a dance business and possibly working for LifeMoves.
On staying at LifeMoves | New Haven Inn: “I’m very comfortable here. LifeMoves staff have helped me with my independence and discovering the woman I am. They let me be who I want to be and discover myself more than I already have. I think the rules are perfect.”
The main ballroom is now at maximum capacity but you can still enjoy the program!
Please join us in the adjacent ballroom to mingle with other LifeMoves supporters, enjoy breakfast and watch the event in its entirety on a large screen.
J.D. Vance is an investor, commentator, and author of the #1 New York Times best seller Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, described by the National Review as a “brilliant book” and by The Economist as “one of the most important” reads of 2016. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment have announced plans to produce a movie based on Vance’s book.
Raised by his working-class grandparents in Middletown, Ohio, Vance graduated from Middletown High School in 2003 and then immediately enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
When he finished his four-year enlistment, Vance enrolled at Ohio State University, where he studied political science and philosophy, and helped coordinate the university’s bipartisan voter education drive in 2008. After graduating from college, he studied at Yale Law School, where he worked at Yale’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic, providing free legal counsel to veterans of our nation’s wars in Vietnam and Iraq. Vance earned his law degree in 2013.
After a stint at a large corporate law firm, Vance moved to San Francisco to work in the technology industry. He serves as a principal at the leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mithril Capital, cofounded by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan. As an investor, Vance has taken a special interest in the biotechnology industry and other transformative sectors of the economy.
In early 2017, Vance joined as a partner in AOL founder Steve Case’s venture capital company, Revolution LLC, which concentrates on bolstering entrepreneurship and disruptive, high-growth companies outside of the sphere of Silicon Valley. He also returned home to Ohio to found Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the state’s opioid crisis and bringing high-quality employment and educational opportunities to Ohioans.
He regularly discusses politics and public policy, having appeared on ABC, CBS, and FOX News, and currently serving as a contributor on CNN. Vance lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, newborn son, and two dogs, where he works on his nonprofit and investment activities.